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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Our Tree is Trimmed

We finally went out today and got our first real Christmas tree!! We have very tall ceilings (16 ft) but a very narrow space to put our tree, so we needed a tree that was tall enough, but not too wide in circumference. Growing up we used to go cut down a tree from a tree farm and we always had Scotch Pines. When we got older my parents bought a gorgeous & realistic looking artificial pine tree that they still use today. So I was always partial to pines, but the selection of pines at the lot we went to were very short and wide.


So after a few strolls up and down the aisle, we decided on an 8 foot Balsam Fir . It is just narrow enough, while still being full. Plus, it smells AMAZING so it put us right in the Christmas spirit.

Here it is before:


Then as I started to string the lights, Dave started making us some Apple Cider. Easy Recipe:
1 Qt Cider
3 tbsp Caramel apple mulling spice mix
1 cinnamon stick (more for looks than anything, lol)
Top with reddi whip
And enjoy!


Then, after a few sips we managed to finish the tree:


And here is our wedding cake topper that we found a dual purpose for:

And one of our "First Christmas" Ornaments, a wedding present from my aunt:


Next our tree star and my lovely tree skirt I got on clearance from Crate & Barrel outlet last year:


Which matched the stockings from Crate & Barrel as well. I also got the stocking hangers and Louie's (the dog's) stocking from Target this year:


And ta-da! We now have Christmas in our loft!


4 comments:

Sarah December 8, 2008 at 8:59 AM  

all of your decorations look wonderful... that's a great idea to check out C&B after the holidays for a good sale, i'll have to hit them up.

twinkle730 December 8, 2008 at 9:39 PM  

looks wonderful, I especially love the cake topper in the tree!

Shannalee December 17, 2008 at 11:49 AM  

Congratulations on the tree--really feels like Christmas once you get it up, right? :)

cassi December 18, 2008 at 1:24 PM  

Love your decorations! Especially your mantle, sooo pretty!

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I'm a St. Louis native, but I have been living in Chicago since 2005 and am loving every windy minute of it. I enjoy cooking (more-so eating), home decorating and really anything creative. I'm a supporter of DIY & handmade goods, a fledgling foodie and a connoisseur of kitsch. I spend my days filling online shopping carts, emptying them and repeating the process all over again. Most of all I love spending time with my husband, Dave, our first child, Claire and my dog, Louie.

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